Bergthal church

A Moment from Yesterday

June 8, 2022 | Opinion | Volume 26 Issue 12
Conrad Stoesz | Mennonite Heritage Archives
(Photo: Conference of Mennonites in Canada Photo Collection)

The Ontario Mennonite businessman Jacob Y. Shantz established rough housing for newcomers and promoted immigration to a place he called Didsbury, N.W.T., in 1893. In the following two years, Mennonites from Ontario and Manitoba arrived to what became known as Didsbury, Alta. The Bergthal Church was established there in 1903 and became part of the Conference of Mennonites in Canada in 1910. The church building was moved in 1918, had a basement added in 1929, and was enlarged to house Menno Bible Institute in 1934 and 1936. A new building (pictured) was built and dedicated on Dec. 19, 1948.

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More moments from yesterday:
Evangelism congress
MWC Kansas banners
Ukraine immigrant
Ontario Women in Mission gathering
Kitchener MWC Assembly

(Photo: Conference of Mennonites in Canada Photo Collection)

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